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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have an awesome christmas!
Not sure how many people are around visiting blogs during christmas, but it also felt weird not posting anything. As topic I decided to talk about some random things about how I celebrate(d) christmas, so I can include both now and past celebrations. Please tell me something about how you celebrate christmas!
Ten Random Things about How I Celebrate(d) Christmas
- We have two christmas days. We’re lucky here in the Netherlands and some other european countries as well I think. We have two christmas days here, so christmas eve on the 24, then first christmas day on the 25th and second christmas day on the 26th. Most stores close earlier on christmas eve and are closed on the first christmas day, but in the recent years more and more stores do open on second christmas day.
- Speisbrood. Here in the Netherlands something that commonly get’s eaten around christmas is “Speisbrood”, it is a white bread with raisins and almond paste in the middle. Another christmas delicacy is the pastry which is called “Amdandel staff” basically puff pastry dough with sweet almond paste filling. It’s eaten during sinterklaas in the form of a long rod and during christmas it’s a circle, it tastes exactly the same. The picture is of the sinterklaas variety as I find that easier to eat and didn’t buy any around christmas to photograph.
- Brunch was just as important as christmas dinner. Growing up we celebrated christmas at our house with presents and food mostly. Beside something special for dinner on all three days, we also had christmas brunch, which was almost as important and big as christmas dinner. My mom baked different foods, bought different christmas shaped breads, croissants and other christmas related products, sweets and more and we had a late and long brunch.
- Where we celebrate and celebrated christmas. When we were kids christmas eve we often stayed home then either first or second christmas was celebrations with the whole family and the other day was only with our hosuehold, so my mom, my sister and me. Nowadays it’s often one day to my boyfriend his parents and one day to my mom and her husband.
- Surprises and presents during christmas. Every christmas we bought presents for each other. When we celebrated with the whole family we often did “surprises”, which is the name for a type of exchanging presensts where in a big group everyone buys a presents for one other person, usually the present is hidden in a construction the giver made and there’s a poem included. Normally this tradition if for the grown-ups during sinterklaas, but we usually celebrated that during christmas. Everyone’s name get’s written on a small piece of paper thrown in a hat and then everyoen picks a piece of paper and then make sure no one has their own name. You don’t tell anyone else for who you have to buy a present. It’s a fun way to make sure everyone get’s one present and everyone only has to buy one. One year my sister ended up with two presents and my grandma with no presents, as someone made a present for the wrong person. Beside that it always went right.
Then the day we celebrated with just my mom, my sister and I we often bought multiple presents for each other.
- The decorations. My favourite part of christmas is probably seeing all the decorations outside. It makes everything feel so magical. When I still lived with my mom we always decorated for christmas, but now that I am older I hardly ever decorate our home, although I do enjoy seeing other people, their decorations and the decorations outside and in shopping districts. This year we did put up a small christmas tree. I’ve had this fake tree since I was a kid and most of the deocrations as well and while it’s small, it does bring some of that christmas spirit to the house.
- Christmas tree decorations. Growing up my mom always wanted to decorate the christmas tree with silver coloured decorations. We always got a real tree. My sister and I always tried to hid a coloured christmas decoration in the tree and see how long it took till my mom found out. We both had a smaller tree, my sister had blue decorations and my christmas tree had red decorations as those were our favourite colours when we were younger. I still have most of my red christmas decorations. My mom finally ended her silver only christmas trees and got a few other colours in the mix, although it’s still mostly different shades of grey, silver and purple. My mom also bought a fake christmas tree a few years ago, the first year she assembled it, they didn’t realize it was assembled wrongly and the christmas tree looked like two piramids stacked on top of each other instead of a tree. My boyfriend, my sister and I couldn’t help laughing when we saw it and even my mom admitted it looked a bit weird. My boyfriend his parents usually have a small fake christmas tree with multiple colours decorations.
- Christmas Cards. My mom always sent out christmas cards to almost everyone she knew and it was a yearly returned event where she send out lots of christmas cards, as a result of that we always got a lot of christmas cards as well. Depending on the year we either hang them from a clothing line in the living room or we taped the cards on the door to the living room. It was always fun to see how many differents cards we wuld get. It’s one of the traditions I strongly associate with how we celebrated christmas when I still lived with my mom. Nowadays I don’t send out any christmas cards, although we still receive a few of them each year.
- Christmas dinner and food. Christmas dinner often involved turkey, rabbit, some sort of veggies and more. My mom often made multiple dishes and there was always enough for everyone. When I became a vegetarian she always saw it as a challenge to make something special for me too. And I remember one year where she convinced the family to go with asian food for christmas instead of the normal christmas dishes. It was very different, but also fun to eat something non traditional.
- Advent Calendar. Each year when we were kids my grandma brought a advent calendar with chocolates for both my sister and me. The chocolate often wasn’t that good, but I really enjoyed being allowed to only open one sqaure each day and eat one piece of chocolate. It was a fun way too look forward to christmas.